What have we enjoyed in Year 4?
'I like being back in school because I can see my friends and teachers,' Ellie.
'I enjoyed making an Anglo-Saxon brooch out of clay,' Henry.
'I enjoyed writing my setting description about the storm,' Faye.
'I enjoyed doing the presentation about Anglo-Saxon artefacts and singing about Loki the Joker,' Evie-Jasmine.
'I enjoyed making a Viking longship in the classroom,' Riley.
'I enjoyed outdoor PE (hockey),' Ollie.
To view the home learning choice activities for the autumn term, please click the link below. Remember to upload your home learning to your eSchools page, or bring your learning in to school to share with your class on the stop-off dates, which are:
Home Learning – Year 4
Daily Lessons for Absent Pupils
-If you are absent from school, please follow the link below to complete your daily lessons.
-Always begin the daily lessons from ‘Monday’, no matter which day your first day of absence falls on. This will ensure the lessons are taught in sequence and you understand what is being taught.
Additonal Lessons to Support Year 4 Learning
Community Care - https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/community-care-cctp8c
I Roll with my Role - https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/i-roll-with-my-role-65h3gr
We are a Jigsaw - https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/we-are-a-jigsaw-6cv3ed
Help is on Hand - https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/help-is-on-hand-cgtpat
Go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/ztyr9j6 and watch the following video about Vikings:
- Who were the Vikings?
- How did the Vikings Fight?
- Viking Traders and Explorers
- What was Life Like in Viking Britain?
- What Happened to the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings?
Learn about our religion for this half term, Judaism, on BBC Bitesize.
Get a head start on your learning for the summer term, with these online lessons:
What are organs and Why do we Need Them? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-organs-and-why-do-we-need-them-c8wk0c
What are the major Bones in the Body? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-the-major-bones-in-the-human-body-69gpac
Visit Purple Mash to practise our French learning with a variety of activities https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/french
Winter Wish Lists - Reading for Pleasure
At Birchwood, we have been working extremely hard to promote the power and enjoyment of reading for our children, as we know that being a successful reader is one of the key indicators to future success in life.
We pride ourselves on nurturing skilful and enthusiastic readers within school, providing children with memorable experiences such as exciting activities. Although we work diligently to promote reading within school, we value your support greatly in creating a positive reading culture at home; it is vital that children are encouraged to read high quality texts.
At the moment, we know that many of us are spending more time indoors than we normally would, providing our children with even more opportunities to read for pleasure in the comfort of their own home. For this reason, we have compiled a list of inspiring, excellent books for both you and your child to enjoy – both independently and as a shared reading book. On this list you will find some children’s classics, as well as some new bestselling books, and some award winning texts which have been celebrated widely within the reading community. We have selected these books to cater for a variety of reading tastes, and we have included books ranging from wild adventure stories, spooky ghost tales, books which celebrate diversity and difference, and those which promote kindness and emotional wellbeing.
Please click below to view your child's Winter Wish List.
This half term, Year 4 are learning about the Romans. Here are some of the facts we have learnt so far:
‘I have learned that Boudicca was a British warrior queen,’ Lauren
‘The Romans conquered lots of countries.’
‘I have learnt that the Romans were very brutal!’ Paige
‘Boudicca means ‘victory,’ Romee-Lea
‘Boudicca is believed to have poisoned herself so that she didn’t get captured by the Romans,’ Tyler
‘Roman soldiers had to pay for their stuff, even the armour that they wear!’ Henry
‘I have learnt that the Romans built straight roads.’
‘A woman called Boudicca led the Iceni tribe,’ Matilda
‘The Romans were successful because of their strong battle formations.’
To start our learning journey this half term, a Roman soldier in full armour introduced the children to the day to day life of Roman in Britain. We experienced a detailed examination and try-on session of a legionary’s kit, and had the chance to explore world-class artefacts. Children explored the Roman conquest of Britain, and the incredible stories of Caratacus and Boudicca. After all of this, children performed some marching and shield drills (in Latin), and then explored a Roman bath house and a games arena. Children finished the day with some Roman stories and games!
King of the Cloud Forests
At the start of term, Year 4 found Ashley’s backpack on the school field containing lots of things such as photographs, interesting drawings and maps of China and Japan. We used our detective and inference skills to think about why Ashley might have these things in his bag.
A few weeks in, we are now on an adventure through the snowy Himalayas with Ashley and his new friends - a group of yetis!
What are Redwood enjoying about Year 4 so far?
‘I like my new teachers and our theme of rivers and mountains,’ Romee-Lea.
‘I’ve liked being back in school because I have really nice teachers and they help me whenever I need it. I’ve liked all the work because the teachers always make it fun,’ Henry.
‘I liked the Maths maze investigation,’ Tommy.
‘I’ve enjoyed Year 4 so far because I like my teachers and teaching assistant. I liked writing the story in English,’ Paige.
‘I like school because I can play with my friends and learn and do fun activities,’ Kye.
‘I love school in general, but I also love seeing all my friends. I also love my new teachers and the new year because that gives me a chance to make a new impression,’ Matilda.
‘I’ve enjoyed coming back to school to see my friends and getting back into my school routine. I really like English,’ Lauren.
‘I have enjoyed seeing my friends and the freestyle football in PE,’ Troy.
‘I have enjoyed being back at school with my friends because I love learning new things,’ Rory.
We hope you are all looking after yourselves and staying safe.
We absolutely can't wait to see you next week. If you can't make it into school please send any work to Mrs Williams - we would love to see pictures!
Below is your home learning for this week.
We have also included some other websites and exciting activities you may want to try under this message.
Remember we love to see the learning you are completing at home. Keep sending photos of you completing your tasks to firstname.lastname@example.org to go on the 'Staying Connected' page on the website.
Keep smiling and stay safe! We will see you all soon,
Mrs. Atkins, Mrs. Bayliss, Mrs. Faultless and Mrs. Davis
In lieu of any opportunities for competition, or skill development, School Games have teamed up with TopYa! to provide a platform for schools parents and teachers to recommend and even track activity levels.
Children practise the challenges, then submit their best video using a mobile device to receive personal coaching feedback from the TopYa! team of experienced virtual coaches. Points are earned for each video submitted, leading to climbing leaderboards and winning prizes!
To access the app follow the following instructions.
- Download the TopYa! Active app from the App Store or Google Play
- Create your parent account
- When prompted to enter an Invite Code enter 23880 and then choose Primary School League
- Then create your kid(s) account(s)
- Let them work on the activities on their own device or film and upload videos from your device on their behalf! Local area page:
- https://www.yourschoolgames.com/sgo/queenelizabeth/ Twitter @schoolgames_nw
Your children might be in lockdown, but their imaginations don’t have to be.
With now>press>play At Home, your children can access 21 Audio Adventures, complete with follow on resources. Whether it’s the Arctic, Ancient Egypt or a Mission to Mars, our Audio Adventures will transport your children to another world.
www.nowpressplay.co.uk/learn-at-home/ Password: nowpressplay
Remember STAY SAFE online too. Visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Below are some web site links to help you stay active...
Join Emma and James from Embody every morning with 'Wake Up and Dance' Classes from 9:00 - 9:10am.
Helping to keep everyone happy, active and energised!
PE with Joe every morning at 9am
Remember to go onto Skoolbo to complete your daily tasks and continue to learn your times tables using TTrockstars.
If you have any queries regarding Learning by Questions please contact Mrs V Smith - email@example.com
A picture adventure book to invoke the imaginations of the children in Year 3! We have chosen this book to allow the children to develop their inference skills, apply their own ideas to interpret this glorious book applying a range of English genres along the way.
Aaron Becker is a famous illustration author who has produced many wordless books. Captivating children and adults by the turn of each page.
'In English, I really liked writing the story about Snow White in Texas,' Paige.
'In Maths, all of the calculations are challenging and help me learn,' Henry.
'I loved it when we wrote our trip advisor page about Texas,' Rory.
'In Maths, I like adding and subtracting using the new column method that we have just learnt,' Ollie.
'In one of our Maths lessons, I enjoyed using Now Press Play because I really liked the investigation,' Matilda.
In English, I really like working on getting my writing neat,' Zak.
'In Maths, I really like adding and subtracting bigger numbers,' Lacey
'In Guided Reading, I liked answering questions about Donald Trump,' Cassidy.
'I loved it when we were learning about Texas because it was fun,' Riley.
'I loved it when we started learning about America because I have found it interesting finding out about all the places,' Troy.
'I like English because I like learning about new things,' Romee-Lea.
'I like learning about Larry the dog,' Eva.
'I like listening to all of the Larry Gets Lost stories because they are really funny,' William.
'I like Maths because I have enjoyed doing the Texas booklets, Evie-Jasmine.
'In Maths, I liked learning the column method because I can now add and subtract faster,' Ollie.
'In Guided Reading, I enjoy answering questions,' Faye.
'I like English because I like putting my ideas down,' Lauren.
'I can't believe a dragon has landed on our playground,' Tyler.
'I'm going to tell my mum and dad we have to get to school extra early in the morning to see if we can see the dangerous dragon,' Alfie.
'I loved tasting the different types of bread they might have baked in the bakery,' Millie.
'I can't believe pirates still exist today!' Troy.
'A cutlass is a pirates favourite weapon because the pistols don't work when they get wet!' Riley.
'I would hate to be a pirate! I wouldn't like to eat Sauerkaut, Bone Soup or Hard Tack! Romee-Lea.
'It was our job to melt the ice and save Captain Redblood's treasure,' Kye.
'It was very exciting when we found Redblood's chest,' Amy.
In science, we investigated the question; What can our hands do? We discovered that they can identify different sizes, textures, temperatures and weights.
In Literacy, we used the 'Now Press Play' resources to follow a fairy tale mystery story. We were the main character and had to help put back all the full stops and capital letters to help save our favourite fairy tales.